It's true!  We have much to celebrate in our region...improving schools, an expanding base of jobs, and our best-kept secret -- the quality of life where leaders actually care about making this a great place to live.  But, there is more!  Many not-for-profit organizations are also making things better.  And you can be a part of this momentum by getting involved.  Just take a look at the organizations listed on this page and click on the links for more information and volunteer opportunities.  You can make a difference in your community.

Alignment Rockford
(815) 774-4389

Alzheimer's Association,
Greater Illinois Chapter
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(815) 484-1300

American Red Cross
(815) 963-8471

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:00pm Sat 9:00am- 4:00pm Sun 10:00-4:00pm
(815) 316-3285

Angelic Organics Learning Center
M-F 9am-5pm
(815) 389-8455

Barbara Olson Center of Hope
(815) 964-9275

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Sunday Closed Monday 8am-3pm
Tuesday 8am-3pm Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8am-3pm Friday
8am-3pm Saturday Closed
Food Distribution day is Tuesday
(815) 569-1571

Boone County Conservation District
(815) 547-7935

Boys and Girls Club of Rockford
Varies by club: see website
(815) 972-5973

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
(815) 765-2113

Carpenter's Place
Monday-Friday 8am- 4:30pm.
We are closed weekends and holidays
(815) 964-4015

Catholic Charities Ombudsman Program

Chicago Rockford International Airport
(815) 969-4412

Child & Family Connections #1/Access Services of Northern Illinois
Serving infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities
in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Bureau, Marshall, and Putnam Counties
815-654-6170   800-921-0094

Children's Closet
(815) 332-2157
(see rock river valley food pantry)

Children's Home + Aid
(815) 720-2162

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
(815) 963-6236

Discovery Center Museum
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
(815) 963-6769

Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School  - Rockford
(815) 965-6745
Visit them online

Easter Seals Teen Family Support Program & Family Support Program
(815) 965-5069
Teen Family Support Program Online
Family Support Program Online

Easter Seals TAP Service Center
(815) 395-5566

Ethnic Heritage Museum
Sundays 2-4 pm. weekly by preregistration
and calling (815) 962-7402 (815) 962-7401

Gigi's Playhouse
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
(815) 654-7529

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
(815) 962-5591

Golden Apple Foundation
(815) 226-4180

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Store hours: Mon-Fri (9am-9pm) Saturday (9am-7pm)
Sunday (10am-6pm)
Donation hours: Monday-Friday (8am-8pm)
Saturday (8am-6pm) Sunday (9am-5pm)
(815) 965-3795

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
9am-4pm Mon-Wed/ Friday 9a-7p

Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
(815) 629-2212

 Inspiration of Hope

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
Business office: Mon-Fri 8a-4:30pm,
2nd floor, 5417 N Second St, Loves Park. No drop offs.
Rockford Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Tuesdays 23-5pm; Saturdays 9am-Noon.
Roscoe Recycle Center, 13125 N. Second Street, Saturdays only 9am-Noon.
Times for offsite Special Events vary:
Clothing Drives
9am-2pm on the second Saturday in May, July, and October at Belvidere Township Building,
8200 Fairgrounds Rd.; Machesney Park Center, 8702 N. Second Street; Rockford Recycle
Center and Roscoe Recycle Center.
Medication Collection
Second Saturday in June 9am-2pm, Machesney Park Town Center, south parking lot.
9am-Noon, South Beloit Fire Station and Belvidere Township Building
Belvidere Township Building.
(815) 637-1343

Ken-rock Community Center
9-9pm Monday-Thursday 9-6pm Fridays Weekends-seasonal
(815) 398-8864

Klehm Arbortum & Botanic Garden
9am-8pm everyday May-October
(815) 965-8146

La Voz Latina
(815) 965-5784

Lifescape Community Services Inc.
8:00am- 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Lutheran Social Services
The Rockford LSSI office is currently seeking adults with
loving hearts to become foster parents.

LYDIA Home Association
8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
(815) 966-0039

Midway Village Museum Museum Center, Mill house, Old Doll's House and Museum Store:
Janaury-April/ September-December Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10:30am-4pm
closed Sunday and Monday May-August Tuesday- Friday 10am-4pm Saturday
and Sunday 10:30-4pm Closed Monday
Village Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm (May) Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm (June-August)
Last Village Tour starts at 3pm Closed Monday
(815) 397-9112 EXT 111

Northern Illinois Alliance on Mental Illness
Hours will vary. Please see our website listed below
(815) 963-2470

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
(815) 398-0500

Northern Illinois SCORE
Wednesday and Friday, 9am-12 noon
otherwise by appointment
(815) 962-0122

Northwest Community Center
(815) 964-6885 ext 240

Ogle County CASA (Court appointed special advocates)
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00 pm.
Friday 8:30 am-noon
(815) 288-1901

Prairie State Legal Services
8:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-5:00 Monday-Friday
(815) 965-2134

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
(After Memorial Day to Labor Day please note Friday Summer hours 8am-12pm)
(815) 968-7467

Remedies Renewing Lives
General hours of operation: Mon-Thu 8a-5p Fridays until 1pm.
Services outside of these hours are by prior arrangement (medication, group and individual counseling).
The emergency domestic violence shelter is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
(815) 966-1285

Rock House Kids
Office hours are Mon-Friday 9am-3pm. Children programming Mon and Wed evenings 5:30-8pm
After school program Tues/Thurs 3:30-5pm
(815) 962-5067

Rock River Valley Blood Center
Locations in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport

Rock River Valley Pantry
421 S. Rockton Ave
M-F 1-4PM. 1100 Broadway M-F 10A-12P
(815) 965-2466

Rock Valley College Community Education
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 921-3900

Rockford Area Arts Council
(815) 963-6765

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mon-Fri 5AM to 4PM Sat 8AM to 12PM
(815) 209-2459

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Wednesday-Friday 10a-6p Saturday 10a-4p
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a- 4:00p
(815) 636-4573

Rockford Lutheran School
(815) 877-9551

Rockford MELD Homeless shelter 
620 Kishwaukee St. 24 hours
Ph: (815) 963-3369 Adm Office M-TH 8am-4:30pm
Ph: (815) 633-6353

Rockford Park District

Rockford Public Schools
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
(815) 489-7295

Rockford Rescue Mission
(815) 965-5332

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
M-F 8:30-4:30
Evenings by appointment (815) 636-9811

Rockford University
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm
(815) 394-5143

Rosie's Birthday Club

Severson Dells

Shelter Care Ministires
(815) 964-5520

Shining Star Childrens Advocacy Center
(815) 284-1891

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School Office
Staffed 8am-4pm
(815) 963-5435

The literacy Council
8am-7pm Monday-Thursday
(815) 963-7323

The Salvation Army
(815) 962-7207

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Tues-Sun, office open 9am-5pm,
Tours at 1pm and 3pm
(815) 964-2424

Trinity Day Care, Inc
5:30am-5:30 pm, Mon-Fri
(815) 986-5437

United Way of Rock River Valley
(815) 968-5400

Village of Progress Consumers
present 9am-2:30p
(815) 732-7520

Winnebago County CASA
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 319-1240

YMCA of Rock River Valley
Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
(815) 489-1240

Youth Services Network
Office Hours 8am-4:30 on call 24 hours/7 days a week
(815) 986-1947

ZION Development
(815) 964-8280 Ext 10